Layer-resolved optical conductivity of magnetic multilayers
Institute of Metal Physics - 36 Vernadskii str., 252142 Kiev,
2 Department of Chemistry-Physical Chemistry, Universität München Butenandtstr. 5-13, D-81377 München, Germany
Accepted: 30 July 2000
The concept of the layer-resolved optical conductivity applied by means of a conventional band structure method is introduced. It is demonstrated that it allows for a detailed discussion of the magneto-optical properties of magnetic multilayer systems. In particular it is found that the layer-projected optical conductivity of an atomic layer is influenced by only very few neighboring layers. This property can be exploited within the Baukasten principle that aims to predict the magneto-optical properties of a complex layer system from the properties calculated for a closely related but simpler one.
PACS: 78.20.Ls – Magnetooptical effects / 78.20.Bh – Theory, models, and numerical simulation / 71.20.Be – Transition metals and alloys
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